In the month of January we mark two important dates in history. The third Monday of the month marks the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Later on in the month we recall that on January 22, 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 7–2 landmark decision in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman's liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. It struck down many U.S. federal and state abortion laws. Therefore, this month we will be exploring some important themes in Catholic Social teaching.